In Memory of Karen C. Bartmess

Karen C. Bartmess
Karen C. Bartmess
Born: November 5, 1943
Died: April 15, 2015
Age: 71
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Karen C. Bartmess
November 5, 1943 - April 15, 2015
From: Nevada, IA | Originally: Waterloo, IA

Karen Bartmess, age 71, of Nevada, Iowa, died Wednesday, April 15, 2015, at Mary Greeley Medical Center in Ames, Iowa.

In accordance with her wishes, Karen was cremated.  Memorial graveside services will be held at a later date in Woodland Cemetery, Iowa Center, Iowa.

Born November 5, 1943, in Waterloo, Iowa, Karen Christine Bartmess was the daughter of John and Edna Katherine (Svendsen) Nielsen.  She grew up and received her education in the Waterloo area.  On February 17, 1968, she was united in marriage to Henry Lee Bartmess at the Little Brown Church in Nashua, Iowa.  The couple was blessed with two children, Dan and Michelle.

Karen was an avid reader and enjoyed playing games on her computer.  She prayed and read her Bible daily and appreciated the company of family and friends.  Karen celebrated and was proud of her Danish heritage.  Over the years she worked in housekeeping at several hospitals and nursing homes.  Most recently, she made her home at The Meadows in Nevada.

Survivors include a son, Dan and his wife Kim Bartmess of Huntersville, North Carolina; two grandchildren, Ren Damme of Fernald, and Ashley Damme and fiancé Josh Hagen of Nevada; and a brother, John (Joanne) Nielsen of Arizona.

She was preceded in death by her husband; a daughter, Michelle Damme; and her parents.   

Ryan Funeral Home of Nevada has been entrusted with the care of Karen and her family.


Monday, April 27, 2015 at 10:17 AM
“To Karen's family,
Our deepest sympathy to you in the death of your Mom and Grandma. Melvin and I delivered Meals on Wheels once a month to Karen at the Meadows. She always greeted us with her beautiful smile and let us know how much she appreciated the meal. I missed her when she went off the list, had no idea she had taken ill. She will be missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.
With deepest sympathy, Judy & Mel Craven”
- Judy Craven
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Graveside Memorial Services
to be held at a later date


Woodland Cemetery
Iowa Center, Iowa